Category Not food

5 Professional Kitchen Tools You Need [Video]

In the last month, my husband and I packed up our house and moved. Since packing took several days, I boxed up most of the kitchen equipment and was with left the essentials: a cutting board, two knives, a spatula, tongs, a cookie sheet, a cast iron skillet, a saucepan, and a few other items. […]

Back from Bham: Reflections on the Creative Life

I spent last weekend at a food blog conference. For those of you who might be unfamiliar, a “food blog conference” is an actual thing now. Imagine knowing that fifteen years ago–that there would be a phenomenon called a “food blog” and whole conferences just for people who have them! The keynote speaker was Molly […]

Blogging from Bham: Day 1 and Visiting Veranda on Highland

Blogging from Bham. The food blog conference is in full swing, and after a day of intensive food photography and styling and a pretty sweet preparty, complete with pimiento and chicken ‘n’ waffles, I’m really looking forward to the main events tomorrow. Today at the conference, I got to meet a ton of other food […]

Blogging from Bham

I’m in Birmingham, Alabama this weekend, friends. Excuse the break from tradition this evening while I share travel tales instead of recipes. I have to admit, when I signed up for Food Blog South, it was the conference that lured me, not necessarily the town. Before coming here, I didn’t know a whole lot about […]

A Creative Manifesto (Not Food!)

As some of you might already know, lately I’ve been trying my hand at web design and development. I’ve managed to pull together some cool things: this personal website, for example: And some little practice things, like this text design: But as I divide my time between the pizza shack, coding and design, recipe-testing, photography, […]

Shorty’s Files: How It All Began

Below: No recipes today–a trip down memory lane. Since settling back in here, I’ve had to figure out where I fit in at the restaurant. I’ve been reluctant to call myself “co-owner” or “co-manager,” and I’ve felt especially weird about “co-founder.” It has been easier to use a verb, to say, “I run a restaurant […]

Liebster Award! (food will be back soon, don’t despair)

Notice: Untraditional post to follow. Includes: Random photos I like, trivia, friends, and a fun award! For one of my projects this week, I presented on Alison Bechdel, author of the graphic narrative Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. I read about the Bechdel Test, a […]